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Best guest appearance, musical division

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by micropolitan guy, Feb 15, 2013.

  1. micropolitan guy

    micropolitan guy Well-Known Member

    We havea ton of music threads and probably done of before, but ...

    Listening to "Born to Run" today. Randy Brecker's haunting trumpet absolutely makes "Meeting Across the River."

    BTW, the Bracker Brothers "Back to Back" album is outstanding.
  2. DanOregon

    DanOregon Well-Known Member

    Michael McDonald on a lot of stuff, but probably used to best effect on Steely Dan's Aja.
  3. shockey

    shockey Active Member

    duane allman, (slide?) guitar, 'layla' :eek:

    eric clapton, lead guitar, 'while my guitar gently weeps' 8) 8)
  4. YankeeFan

    YankeeFan Well-Known Member

    Going to be tough to top.
  5. Buck

    Buck Well-Known Member

    Anita Pallenberg (Keith's girlfriend), Marianne Faithfull and Jimmy Miller do the 'woo woo' with Richards, wyman and Jones on 'Sympathy for the Devil.'
  6. Ronnie "Z-Man" Barzell

    Ronnie "Z-Man" Barzell Active Member

    Paul McCartney loudly eating celery on "Vegetables" by The Beach Boys.
  7. Another Paul McCartney: Playing drums on Steve Miller's "My Dark Hour." Here's the story of how it happened: http://www.beatlesbible.com/1969/05/09/paul-mccartney-plays-drums-steve-miller-my-dark-hour/

    Also: Mick Jagger's backing vocals on "You're So Vain" by Carly Simon.
  8. Starman

    Starman Well-Known Member

    I think Duane Allman was actually billed as part of Derek and the Dominos so I'm not sure if that can be called a "guest appearance."

    Gotta be Clapton on "While My Guitar Gently Weeps."

    Up until then, studio musicians on Beatles records were kept pretty anonymous. Alan Civil, who played the French horn solo on "For No One" on Revolver in 1966, was supposedly quite a hotshot session player, but how much of household names are hotshot French horn session players?

    Nicky Hopkins did the electric piano on "Revolution" a couple months before the White Album but while his piano part is not "buried in the mix," it's not the dominant instrument of the whole song like Clapton on "Weeps."
  9. Iron_chet

    Iron_chet Well-Known Member

    Michael Jackson backing up Rockwell on Somebody's Watching Me.

    Helps to have family connections I guess.
  10. 93Devil

    93Devil Well-Known Member

    David Bowie on Under Pressure by Queen

    Bowie showed up at the studio to do backing vocals on a different song, but this song, one of my favorite songs, was the end result of the visit.

  11. BDC99

    BDC99 Well-Known Member

    Eddie Van Halen on "Beat It"
  12. Machine Head

    Machine Head Well-Known Member

    Are we including session work?

    Duane Allman did tons, as did Jimmy Page.

    Allman on the Boz Scaggs' version of "Loan Me a Dime" is oustanding. The nekkid picture of him on the album is pretty funny.

    Les Dudek is a great guitar player:

    Then, on October 29th, 1971, the unthinkable occurred - a fellow Florida musician, Duane Allman was killed in a motorcycle accident. At the time, Les was playing with bandmate Peter Schless, a keyboard player from Venice, Florida in their band Power. Peter knew Dickey Betts and had heard he was looking for players. So Les and Peter drove to Macon, Georgia to jam with Dickey. A few weeks after returning to Florida, Les was called back to Georgia. As a result, Les was invited to record with The Allman Brothers Band. That's Les you hear playing guitar harmonies with Dickey Betts on "Ramblin' Man" and the intro acoustic guitar on "Jessica", their two biggest hits from the Brothers and Sisters album (Capricorn Records).

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